Schools in deprived areas get music equipment funds

Pupils at Hallsville Primary School hold their ukuleles
05 Sep 2023

Money will go to 29 schools in areas of high deprivation to provide access to musical instruments to young people facing the biggest barriers.

Entries to GCSE arts exams hit new low

Pupils in a classroom with a teacher overlooking their work
30 Aug 2023

The total number of exam entries to all creative arts subjects falls by 4% compared with last year, representing its smallest ever share of total GCSE exam entries.

Green light for BRIT School in Bradford

Aerial view of Bradford city centre
22 Aug 2023

Approval is heralded as a signal government recognises the importance of cultural education, but there are questions around the lack of support for existing infrastructure in the North.

Entries to creative A-levels fall again

Student playing the saxophone in music lesson.
22 Aug 2023

Sector leaders reignite call for educational reforms as entries to exams in creative subjects make up just over 10% of all A-levels. 

Wolverhampton receives £996k for youth arts programme

A young woman playing guitar and singing into a microphone
17 Aug 2023

Three-year calendar of arts and culture activities will involve around 1,500 young people in co-design and engage more than 23,000 children.

Theatre careers programme to improve access and diversity

17 Aug 2023

A partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and charity Get Into Theatre is launching a nationwide programme to improve access to jobs and increase diversity in theatre.

The scheme, Work in Theatre, will take place across 15 ATG venues and offer digital activities through Get Into Theatre’s website.
The year-long project, funded by Arts Council England, aims to reach more than 30,000 young people and will focus on three strands of work: work experience, a teacher conference, and emerging artist commissions.

Get Into Theatre Director Alex Duarte-Davies said getting young people who want to build a career in theatre through those physical doors “can often be a daunting challenge”. 

“This collaboration with ATG will see those doors opened wide and ensure that young people from all backgrounds are given the same opportunities to ‘get into theatre’. 

“It is a step in breaking down those barriers between education and industry, to ensure that the future of the sector is both representational and accessible.”

Lack of creative careers awareness

A young person recording a music performance using video equipment
16 Aug 2023

Concerns raised that school leavers are not being informed of opportunities in the creative industries.

We cannot afford to undervalue arts and humanities degrees

View of Warwick campus building in Venice on canal side
03 Aug 2023

Hardly a day goes by without a fresh attack on arts and humanities degrees as ‘low value’. Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University, thinks that is misguided. 

Cultural education 'at risk' following ACE shakeup

Young people painting
01 Aug 2023

Report identifies risk of patchier arts provision for young people following Arts Council England's decision to stop funding Bridge Network.

Young V&A shop to carry LGBTQ+ books

Young V&A shop
27 Jul 2023

The museum says it has also "identified replacement objects for the Young V&A Design Gallery that highlight trans themes", as PCS union members call for the removed books and posters to be reinstated.

Acosta dance centre to open in Greenwich

26 Jul 2023

Dancer, choreographer and director, Carlos Acosta, and the Acosta Dance Foundation (ADF) have announced the launch of a new dance centre, due to open in September.

The Acosta Dance Centre will be based in London’s Woolwich Works and will offer dance classes, courses, performances, residencies and programmes for locals in the Greenwich area and beyond. 

It will also serve as a gathering place and artistic space for dancers, industry professionals and the community, the foundation said, predicting that it will impact 215,000 people.

The centre will focus on educational and community-based activities involving local schools, public dance classes and Acosta Ballet Camps that provide intensive training for young ballet dancers.

It will also serve as the home of the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship and a residency programme for artists to collaborate and explore cross-cultural projects, as well as the Acosta Advanced Training Hub, a free pre-professional programme for students aged 18 and above.

“The Acosta Dance Centre stands as the epitome of my life’s work, representing a global sanctuary for dancers of all backgrounds and a beacon of inspiration for the world of dance,” Acosta said. 

“It is a dream come true, born from my passion to create a place where dance could bring people from all walks of life together, to celebrate joy and creativity through movement.”

Boost to creative opportunities for young people in Newham

25 Jul 2023

Newham Council and the University of East London (UEL) have announced a partnership aimed at increasing cultural and creative opportunities for young people in the area.

The partnership, based at Stratford Youth Zone, will see a £733,000-a-year investment go towards supporting creative and performing arts opportunities in Newham.

The venue will host social and emotional learning programmes, along with activities focused on drama, music, dance, fashion, games design, filmmaking, screenwriting and visual and digital arts. 

The programme will also include education workshops led by art students from UEL and the university will draw on staff and student expertise in education, youth work, social work, business, events and hospitality to involve young people – particularly those deemed disadvantaged and at-risk – in research and the production of arts activities. 

The partnership will also seek to make available opportunities for young people to undertake work placements, mentorships, internships and apprenticeships offering experience and paths to career opportunities in the creative industries.

“Providing exemplary youth service provision is a central objective of my administration because we want Newham to be the best place for a child and young person to grow up, so that they reach their potential and thrive,” said Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz.

“Through this pioneering collaboration with the University of East London, the Council’s Youth Empowerment Service will progress with its ambitious plans to offer a range of enriching and empowering opportunities for young people through an exciting curriculum anchored in culture, creativity and the arts.”

Music education hub reforms 'immensely challenging'

brass players play musical instrument
24 Jul 2023

Leading figure in music education warns the top-down nature of planned government reforms has created 'more challenge, more crisis-management and potentially less creativity' in local areas. 

New arts campus for Medway following UCA closure

24 Jul 2023

Medway School of Arts is set to open its doors in September on a site at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

The new school will be run by MidKent College and will offer university-level courses.

It hopes to fill the gap created by the impending closure of the University of Creative Arts (UCA) in Rochester.

UCA will close its current site in September with plans to move its arts courses to Canterbury, Epsom and Farnham.

Commenting on the site for the new school, MidKent College principal, Simon Cook, said: “The Historic Dockyard is known in Medway as a hub for the creative industries, so we are delighted to base Medway’s School of Arts there."

Campaign urges education reform to save arts subjects

24 Jul 2023

Open letter to Education Secretary, with more than 1,150 signatures, calls on government to review and reform Ebacc and Progress 8. 

Government plans for ‘low value’ degree cap criticised

Students in a library
20 Jul 2023

Admission restrictions to be placed on so-called 'low-value' degrees with high drop-out rates and poor employment prospects.

Time to be heard

19 Jul 2023

Young people are often excluded from conversations and decision making in the arts. Jacqui O’Hanlon shares an initiative which aims to ensure their voices are heard.

Youth-led arts fund awards £65,000 to young people

17 Jul 2023

A youth-led fund launched in partnership by Youth Scotland and Creative Scotland has awarded £65,000 of funding to young people across the country to pursue creative arts projects and experiences.

After receiving applications from more than 100 young people aged between five and 25, Step into the Art has awarded funding to 45 creative projects.

For some young people, the grants will support them to take lessons to explore or develop their skills in all kinds of artistic expression, from fine-art painting and fashion design to drumming and special effects makeup.

For others, grants will provide equipment or other practical support to get them started with specific projects, including everything from an educational film about bullying, to a podcast about the experience of being an immigrant in Scotland, to a Wild West-style play promoting positive masculinity.

Colin Bradie, Head of Creative Learning at Creative Scotland said: ‘We’re grateful to all the young people involved in the creation of this fund. Involving young people at the heart of decision-making ensures that they’re listened to and respected, making the opportunities more relevant to other young people. 

"They’ve created a vital opportunity for many more young people across the country to step into the arts. Not only will they be able to realise their creative ambitions but they’ll also be making friends, creating communities, and having fun along the way."

Starmer promises greater emphasis on creativity in education

photo of Keir Starmer delivering a speech in front of a red background
06 Jul 2023

Labour leader says every child will be given the opportunity to take arts subjects until the age of 16 as part of the party’s plans for education policy.

Consent workshops for teens attending first festival

05 Jul 2023

Music festival Boardmasters says it is investing in workshops for young people and webinars for their parents to tackle consent issues 'at the root'.


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